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AHS Subject Guides: Reading: 1. Introduction to Online Sources

This guide includes information literacy lessons created to support our Reading program.

1. Introduction to Online Sources

Reading: Literacy Workshop

Introduction to Online Sources (updated 2-2020)

  • Information literacy topics covered
  • Determining the best sources
  • Searching strategies for information
  • Evaluating sources
  • Using technology tools

1. Explain objective: To distinguish between different formats of research materials available online and determine the level of authority of the information, and to develop and practice searching strategies for relevant information.


2. Discussion:

Research Project about a social issue. Students will write a short paper arguing a point of view about a social issue.

  • What is a social issue?
  • Social Issues:
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How do you start to find information for your research?

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What kind of information will you find online?

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3. Discuss:

What is a periodical?

Can you name 4 different types of periodicals?

Types of periodicals: Learn about the criteria that defines each type

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4. Discuss: :

Where will you look for online information?

Let’s start with some online databases. (See lesson plan for notes):


5. School Product Database Sites (paid subscription $$$):


ProQuest: SIRS


5.a. Discussion: School Product Database:

Picture SIRS

Main points: (See lesson plan for notes)


6. Multi-disciplinary Academic Database: (paid subscription $$$):  


ESBCO:  ResearchIT CT OneSearch



6.a. Discussion:  Multi-disciplinary Academic Database:

EBSCO’s ResearchIT CT OneSearch

Main points: (See lesson plan for notes)


7. Search SIRS to start browsing topics.

- Search SIRSView all Issues” to look at topics that might interest you.

- Complete the form “Step 1 - Pick a Topic”.

- Choose 2 topics of interest.

- Answer questions about your interests, the purpose of the project, and the intended audience.

Additional Tips:

Get a library card so you can use iConn at home.

Practice searching our databases:


Research IT CT/Resources for High Schools/ (all the databases for journals)

You are MORE likely to find something useful for school FASTER from a paid database than from a web search.

Everything that ISN’T useful has NOT been included.

Everything you find in a full-text search is really available, as opposed to just being a summary (abstract).

You can avoid “pseudo-authoritative” sources written by people who confuse opinion with science, and beliefs with objective facts.

Amity High School, Amity Region 5 School District, Woodbridge, CT 06525, 203-397-4844 Librarians: Robert F. Musco and Victoria Hulse Copyright 2017